In the beginning of the 19th century, menthol arrived on the shores of America and almost instantly gained popularity. Menthol occurs naturally within the Mentha Arvensis botanical, which is the main mint variety used to obtain menthol crystals. Menthol is commonly extracted from mint by a freezing process of the essential oil. The crystals are captured during the filtering process. Other herbs such as peppermint, had been used for centuries all over the world with a multitude of applications. So, it was no surprise that the healing properties of menthol crystals were easily accepted by the main stream.
Menthol crystals appear to be white or colorless, small, brittle, with a waxy texture in their natural state. When used in aromatherapy, they help to calm emotions, and relieve stress, nervousness and anxiety.
Menthol is also be used medicinally. Their cooling properties are perfect for dealing with sprains, aches, cramps and other pain throughout the body. The healing effects ease tension headaches and help to relax muscles. It also helps to reduce inflammation from sore throats when applied around the neck, and helps to reduce fevers when a small amount is dabbed on the forehead or bottom of the feet.
The easiest method of application is to use body oils that contain menthol. They can be used all over the body, or just applied to specific areas. Many find the application extremely refreshing and most beneficial used directly after showering or a bath, when the pores of the skin are open.
Make sure to ask your massage professional about how our body oil containing menthol could benefit you.